What, you’ve never heard of leisurée? For anyone out there desperate to know more about my undies, I’m wearing LIVELY. All the time. So get ready for my lengthy LIVELY review!
Last year I decided it was finally time to throw away all of the worn out, holey, sad underwear I had been hoarding for years, and I embarked on the journey to find my new everyday undies. Joanna Goddard had a similar conundrum, you can see her choice here. I loved how easy it is to see what the different sizes look like on Aerie’s website, so I ordered a few pairs from them to try, but I wasn’t in love with any of them. And then I stumbled across the LIVELY site and was drawn in by their sporty waistbands and reasonable pricing. Get $10 off your first order when you create an account using this link.
Let’s Talk Undies
I have tried: the All-Day Bikini, the Stripe Waist Bikini, the Mesh Back Bikini, The All-Day Thong, and the High-Waist Brief. Hannah also has a bunch of these and the Cheeky Short.
Let’s start with my favorite (and the official fave of all the And Then We Tried ladies): The Stripe Waist Bikinis are AMAZING. They are pretty full coverage, which makes them super comfortable and also means they stay in place under dresses, shorts, jeans, exercise pants, everything. The one negative size to all that comfort? Visible panty lines. But you know what? My comfort is more important than the rest of you being scandalized by my VPL, so you all can just deal with knowing that I’m wearing underpants.
You can’t return the undies, so order one at a time if you are nervous about the fit. I wear a Medium in Lively undies (I’m a size 6/8 in pants) and the regular fit has a fairly high rise and generous butt coverage, so you may be able to size down. Hannah ordered an Extra Large of the Stripe Waist Bikinis to start and was swimming in them, so she is happy with Large now.
A quick review of the rest of the LIVELY undies lineup: The All-Day Bikini is fine, but its nothing special, the fabric is comfy and they have slightly less VPL than the Stripe Waist, but I don’t think they stay in place as well at the gym or during the day. The Mesh Back Bikini really only seems necessary for a 115-degree day in Thailand. I don’t think I need a full mesh butt panel in my regular life. The All-Day Thong is fine, but now that I’m such a huge promoter of VPL, I don’t find myself reaching for it, and the High Waist Bikini is just a little too fancy for my everyday life, but it IS pretty and I have the matching bra (the Long-Lined Deep V No-Wire, which is no longer on the site), so maybe I’ll come up with a nice occasion to wear it as a set.
On to the bras
I’ll go into a little more detail about all of these since the Lively bra lineup is a little more robust than their undies.
This is my favorite of their bras and I wear it pretty much every day, it’s also the group fave. I love the lace detail on the straps and the band is very comfortable. After almost a year of daily wear, the spot where the band connects to the wire area has started to wear out, but I do alternate between the Black and the Toasted Almond version of this bra every day, so they have gotten a lot of use. I’m pretty sure bras are like mascara in that you are supposed to replace them a lot more frequently than anyone actually does, so lasting a year seems good to me.
Note on these: they are just a tiny bit too thin, so if you work in a cold environment, be prepared to feel like Jennifer Aniston must have in literally every episode of Friends. Most days, this isn’t a problem though.
I didn’t like these. I tried both the Geo Lace Push Up and the Smooth Geo Trim Push Up. I used to be a strictly push up bra kinda gal, but you could see the pattern of the lace on these through my shirts and after feeling how comfy the T-Shirt bras were, I didn’t want any extra material or padding bothering me.
I have the Deep V No-Wire in Black and Soft Pink and like to wear these with the back straps hooked together at the J-hook, otherwise, I feel like my boobs are trying to run away from each other. The J-hook helps to hold everything together.
One of my latest purchases was the Long-Lined Deep V No-Wire and I am not in love with it. It doesn’t come with a J-hook, so I can’t bring the girls in close, and the band tends to roll up when I bend or move at all. I will say, LIVELY has excellent customer service because I ordered the color block version and it was supposed to be back ordered for a month, but it was SO delayed that they refunded me and still shipped me the bra when it came in.
UPDATE: I think I have the wrong size of this bra, so if you are between sizes go a cup size down on this one.
Their bralettes are very comfortable, but I’m not sure I have the right size. I have the Mesh Trim Bralette and the Cross Back Bralette, and neither one, in a size Medium, is really qualified to contain my boobs, I’m a 34C/D. The Mesh Trim Bralette does a better job since it has a back hook and adjustable straps, so you can customize it to fit you a little better. The Cross Back Bralette is really just for lounging around the house since my boobs have a tendency to fall out of it without warning.
Hannah has the Palm Lace Bralette and the Long Line Lace Bralette in a size Large and prefers the regular length Palm Lace Bralette for the same reason I didn’t love the Long Line No-Wire Bra: the band tends to roll. Both of these lace options have hooks and adjustable straps though, so they are pretty flexible.
My favorite is the Busty Bralette, even if you aren’t crazy “busty”, the support sling inside holds up the girls and it feels a little more substantial than the regular bralette. I have the Busty Bralette in black and am about to order the soft pink and maybe the Palm Lace Busty Bralette, too. Sizing: I ordered the size 1 and it has a snug band but fits well for my 34C (previously D, but the Whole30 weight loss started in my boobs).
LIVELY just launched a strapless bra last week and I am interested in trying the Smooth Strapless. I try not to buy anything that requires a strapless bra or dry cleaning because I am not about either of those things, but sometimes you can’t avoid it, so this bra looks like a good one to try.
If you are looking for bras or undies, hit up LIVELY and let me know what you pick! Get $10 off by creating an account using this link.
They also have a swimwear line and a selection of bodysuits (you know Hannah is into those), so they have you covered no matter what you are trying to get into.